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Salem Waterfront Hotel offering free rooms to marathon runners

Posted by Terri Ogan  April 16, 2013 09:56 AM

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In light of the Boston marathon attacks that rocked the city on Monday, the Salem Waterfront Hotel is offering free rooms to runners that show their bib numbers.

The owner of the hotel, Michael Rockett, made the decision after he heard of some runners that felt uncomfortable staying in the city.

"There were some hotels in Boston being evacuated and some people made comments on the news that they were feeling uncomfortable in the city," said Bill Carroll, general manager of the hotel. "That’s when the owner wanted us to post that any marathon runner could stay at the hotel free of charge."

The hotel staff got the word out via Facebook and Twitter that any marathon runner who comes into the hotel and presents their bib number will get a free stay.

Carroll said that that thus far the hotel hasn't had any runners come in, but the deal will stand until at least the end of the week.

The hotel got a few phone calls this morning, Carroll said, and he's hoping that people will take advantage of the offer tonight.

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